By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government has reaffirmed the oneness of Nigeria and all the components that make up the country against all recent divisive ploys, comments and actions by persons whom it described as trouble makers and agents provocation.
The government said it is determined to ensure that no ethnic group holds anyone to ransom for any reason in any part of the state.
In a statement issued by the state’s Commissioner of Information, Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, the state government reiterated its resolve to continue to engender peaceful coexistence amongst all the entities in the state without discrimination.
The statement therefore enjoined all the Igbo speaking people living in all parts of the state to disregard the the quit notice issued weeks ago by a group that called itself Arewa Youths Coalition.
It called on the Igbo communities resident in the state to go about their normal businesses and disregard the baseless eviction notice. The statement assured the Igbos of their safety and for their properties as well.
It noted that God has destined that all the different segments and entities in Nigeria would live together as one united family called Nigeria. It therefore cautioned that citizens must rise above ethnic bigotry and hate.
“We must shun all divisive tendencies and acts that could put any strain on our unity, relationship and harmony “. The statement reemphasised that the Governor of the state, Abubakar Sani Bello is an ambassador of peace and a detribalised person.
The government’s statement is the second in weeks since the Arewa Youths Forum met in Kaduna about three weeks ago and sent out a three months quit notice to all the Igbo speaking people living in all parts of the northern states to leave the region in their own interest.
The notice has generated reactions with authorities calling for the arrest of the conveners and signatories of the communique issued at the end of the Kaduna declaration.
Though no group of Igbos or individual Igbo person is known to have left the shores of Niger state on account of the quit notice issued, the air around the state is that of mutual suspicion and unsteriled amongst the Igbo extraction particularly.
Feelers within the Igbos in parts of Minna suggests that it is a let’s wait and see as the months go by towards the ultimatum.
The government’s statement is viewed as a further reassurance to the Igbos living in the state and warning to any group that may be disposed or inclined to such cogitation of the Arewa Youths Coalition.